The Illinois State Board of Education today announced that Illinois ranked fifth in the nation in the number of students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams in the 2021-22 school year, according to data published by the College Board. Illinois AP participation had plummeted during the pandemic but has rebounded to pre-pandemic levels, thanks to more black and Hispanic students taking and passing AP exams.
“I couldn’t be more proud of all of our students who took AP classes and exams last year. These classes are far from easy, and your commitment to your education is extremely admirable, especially in the face of the learning challenges posed by the pandemic,” Governor JB Pritzker said. “Here in Illinois, we continue to break down access barriers for underserved students and the data shows our efforts are working. I want to thank our teachers and administrators for preparing Illinois youth for future success – and congratulations again to our students. »
“Congratulations to all Illinois students who have challenged themselves by taking AP courses and exams. The simple process of preparing for an AP exam helps students prepare for the rigor of college. I want to thank and encourage all educators who expand the definition of an ‘AP student’ and remove barriers preventing underrepresented students from accessing AP,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala “During the pandemic, students may not have felt like they could give AP their best shot. But our 2022 AP data — like much of our 2022 school performance data — show that students have regained their confidence and are on the right track to excel.
Illinois saw a 7.2% increase in the number of AP exam takers in 2022 compared to 2021, with more than 115,000 students taking AP exams last year. More than 72,000 Illinois students scored a 3 or higher on an AP exam in 2022, an 18.5% increase from the number who did so in 2021. Earning a 3 or plus an AP exam guarantees students college credit at any public college or university in Illinois. , saving them time and money in earning a degree.
Data also shows that Governor JB Pritzker’s investments in AP exam fee waivers for low-income students continue to have a positive impact in expanding access to this college preparation opportunity. . Nearly 31,000 low-income students — the highest number since 2019 — were able to take AP exams thanks to fee waivers. The state’s $2.5 million AP exam fee waiver credit has reduced AP exam fees to just $5 per exam for low-income students, which many school districts in Illinois have paid on their behalf.
Learn more about the Illinois AP program here: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Advanced-Placement.aspx
View Illinois AP exam data here: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/College-Board-Program-Results-2022.pdf
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